***NEWS FROM LONDON***
At 8:30 a.m. on September 1st, this year’s nine Erasmus project students left Austria for their work placement in London. After an early start at the Linz train station, we took the train to Vienna airport. As we safely arrived in London at around 3 p.m., a driver picked us up and took us to ADC College in Harrow (North London) where our host families had already been waiting for us with big anticipation.
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Nikolina Miljus @ The Legal Practice
Working abroad is a great opportunity to see how business works in other countries. I work at The Legal Practice. This company helps people with their legal issues, for e.g. Divorce, Wills and Probate, Employment Law, Property Conveyancing and Child Contact Issues.
I have three colleagues who are also students studying law and doing their internship at the company. We often get tasks to do in team, what makes the work more interesting. My tasks are editing Excel tables, picking up the phone, welcoming clients and visiting clients who are very old. Sometimes I have to go to the new office, which is located opposite the company, to help my colleagues moving the desks, decorating, destroying the files they don’t need anymore or to make space for a new employee.
Every Friday we all have lunch together and talk about our private stuff. They make suggestions what to do and visit in London, and they are also very interested in our Austrian school system and the differences between Austria and England.
I am very happy to be the part of this project and I would recommend it to everyone.
Ritika Kumar @ Eye Level Learning Centre
I leave home at about 8 am so I can sit in a calm Café and have enough time to enjoy my coffee every day. Sometimes I meet up with my colleague Sophia there who is also an intern at the company and lives in Slovakia.
I work at Eye Level not far away from where I live. The company is a learning centre that provides individualized coaching in Math and English for young children. What I like the most is that I have a nice balance of working on my own as well as working with children in a group.
I am the first person to arrive, so it is my responsibility to unlock the company’s door with the keys they entrusted me with. I then start my work at 10 am by marking the tests and homework of the children. I have a tablet or an answer key where I have the solutions on hand. Sometimes the tests are so easy that I do mental arithmetic.
After marking the tests, the children slowly start to show up at 3 pm. My next task is to sit with 3-4 children in a room and help them whenever they raise their hands. They are well behaved which makes me feel comfortable working with them. It is a fun alternation from working on my own for hours.
Apart from that I really enjoy my time in London. There is not one single day I stay at home – I don’t want to miss any chance to explore London.
Yvonne Jaki @ Mapledown School London
I work in the office at Mapledown School in London. This school provides education and support to children with multiple and severe learning difficulties like autism or a mental disability. When I got there on my first day, I immediately got a really good first impression which I still have. The staff is very nice and helpful and they explain everything very well.
My tasks include printing and copying documents, shredding, sorting through folders and keeping cupboards tidy. Since I work in a school, there are always things happening and the pupils are so happy to go to school which is very adorable. They get a lot of support from the teachers and I think the staff really cares about their wellbeing.
What you should definitely not underestimate is the commuting. My journey takes over an hour which is normal for Londoners. The underground trains can be quite confusing and overwhelming but once you get the hang of it you can go pretty much everywhere you want to go.